Basap language

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Native toIndonesia
Native speakers
15,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bdb

Basap is an Austronesian language spoken in Borneo, Indonesia.

Within Kalimantan Timur and Kalimantan Utara provinces, Basap speakers are scattered across Berau, Bulungan, Kutai Kartanegara, Penajam Paser Utara, and Kutai Timur regencies. Dialects are Jembayan, Bulungan, Berau, Dumaring, Binatang, and Karangan (Ethnologue).

Smith (2018)[3] considers Basap to have formed part of an ancient linkage of early forms of Barito languages in eastern Kalimantan.


  1. ^ Basap at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Basap". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Smith, Alexander D. 2018. The Barito Linkage Hypothesis, with a Note on the Position of Basap. JSEALS Volume 11.1 (2018).